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  1. ACTION PLAN: (See Incident Action Plan.)
  2. AGENCY
    An agency is a division of government with a specific function() or a non
  3. AGENCY EXECUTIVE OR ADMINISTRATOR
    Chief executive officer (or designee) of the agency or jurisdiction that has responsibility for the incident.
  4. AGENCY DISPATCH
    The agency or jurisdictional facility from which resources are allocated to incidents.
  5. AGENCY REPRESENTATIVE
    An individual assigned to an incident from an assisting or cooperating agency who has been delegated authority to make decisions on matters affecting that agency's participation at the incident. Agency Representatives report to the Incident Liaison Officer.
  6. AIR OPERATIONS BRANCH DIRECTOR
    The person primarily responsible for preparing and implementing the air operations portion of the Incident Action Plan. Also responsible for providing logistical support to helicopters operating on the incident.
  7. ALLOCATED RESOURCES
    Resources dispatched to an incident.
  8. AREA COMMAND
    An organization established to: 1) oversee the management of multiple incidents that are each being handled by an Incident Command System organization; or 2) to oversee the management of a very large incident that has multiple Incident Management Teams assigned to it. Area Command has the responsibility to set overall strategy and priorities() allocate critical resources based on priorities() ensure that incidents are properly managed() and ensure that objectives are met and strategies followed.
  9. ASSIGNED RESOURCES
    Resources checked in and assigned work tasks on an incident.
  10. ASSIGNMENTS
    Tasks given to resources to perform within a given operational period() based upon tactical objectives in the Incident Action Plan.
  11. ASSISTANT
    Title for subordinates of the Command Staff positions. The title indicates a level of technical capability() qualifications() and responsibility subordinate to the primary positions. Assistants may also be used to supervise unit activities at camps.
  12. ASSISTING AGENCY
    An agency directly contributing tactical or service resources to another agency.
  13. AVAILABLE RESOURCES
    Incident
  14. BASE
    The location at which primary logistics functions for an incident are coordinated and administered. There is only one Base per incident. (Incident name or other designator will be added to the term Base.) The Incident Command Post may be collocated with the Base.
  15. BRANCH
    The organizational level having functional or geographic responsibility for major parts of incident operations. The Branch level is organizationally between Section and Division/Group in the Operations Section() and between Section and Units in the Logistics Section. Branches are identified by the use of Roman Numerals or by functional name (e.g.() medical() security() etc.).
  16. CACHE
    A pre
  17. CAMP
    A geographical site() within the general incident area() separate from the Incident Base() equipped and staffed to provide sleeping() food() water() and sanitary services to incident personnel.
  18. CHECK
    IN
  19. CHAIN OF COMMAND
     A series of management positions in order of authority.
  20. CHIEF
     The ICS title for individuals responsible for command of functional sections: Operations() Planning() Logistics() and Finance/Administration.
  21. CLEAR TEXT
     The use of plain English in radio communications transmissions. No Ten Codes or agency
  22. COMMAND
     The act of directing and/or controlling resources by virtue of explicit legal() agency() or delegated authority. May also refer to the Incident Commander.
  23. COMMAND POST
     (See Incident Command Post.)
  24. COMMAND STAFF
     The Command Staff consists of the Information Officer() Safety Officer() and Liaison Officer. They report directly to the Incident Commander. They may have an assistant or assistants() as needed.
  25. COMMUNICATIONS UNIT
     An organizational unit in the Logistics Section responsible for providing communication services at an incident. A Communications Unit may also be a facility (e.g.() a trailer or mobile van) used to provide the major part of an Incident Communications Center.
  26. COMPACTS
     Formal working agreements among agencies to obtain mutual aid.
  27. COMPENSATION UNIT/CLAIMS UNIT
     Functional unit within the Finance/Administration Section responsible for financial concerns resulting from property damage() injuries() or fatalities at the incident.
  28. COMPLEX
     Two or more individual incidents located in the same general area which are assigned to a single Incident Commander or to Unified Command.
  29. COOPERATING AGENCY
     An agency supplying assistance other than direct tactical or support functions or resources to the incident control effort (e.g.() Red Cross() telephone company() etc.).
  30. COORDINATION
     The process of systematically analyzing a situation() developing relevant information() and informing appropriate command authority of viable alternatives for selection of the most effective combination of available resources to meet specific objectives. The coordination process (which can be either intra
  31. COORDINATION CENTER
     Term used to describe any facility that is used for the coordination of agency or jurisdictional resources in support of one or more incidents.
  32. COST SHARING AGREEMENTS
     Agreements between agencies or jurisdictions to share designated costs related to incidents. Cost sharing agreements are normally written but may also be oral between authorized agency or jurisdictional representatives at the incident.
  33. COST UNIT
     Functional unit within the Finance/Administration Section responsible for tracking costs() analyzing cost data() making cost estimates() and recommending cost
  34. CREW
     (See Single Resource.)
  35. DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY
     A statement provided to the Incident Commander by the Agency Executive delegating authority and assigning responsibility. The Delegation of Authority can include objectives() priorities() expectations() constraints() and other considerations or guidelines as needed. Many agencies require written Delegation of Authority to be given to Incident Commanders prior to their assuming command on larger incidents.
  36. DEPUTY
     A fully qualified individual who() in the absence of a superior() could be delegated the authority to manage a functional operation or perform a specific task. In some cases() a Deputy could act as relief for a superior and therefore must be fully qualified in the position. Deputies can be assigned to the Incident Commander() General Staff() and Branch Directors.
  37. DEMOBILIZATION UNIT
     Functional unit within the Planning Section responsible for assuring orderly() safe() and efficient demobilization of incident resources.
  38. DIRECTOR
     The ICS title for individuals responsible for supervision of a Branch.
  39. DISPATCH
     The implementation of a command decision to move a resource or resources from one place to another.
  40. DISPATCH CENTER
     A facility from which resources are assigned to an incident. ICS Glossary 5
  41. DIVISION
     Divisions are used to divide an incident into geographical areas of operation. A Division is located within the ICS organization between the Branch and the Task Force/Strike Team. (See Group.) Divisions are identified by alphabetic characters for horizontal applications and() often() by floor numbers when used in buildings.
  42. DOCUMENTATION UNIT
     Functional unit within the Planning Section responsible for collecting() recording() and safeguarding all documents relevant to the incident.
  43. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR/DIRECTOR
     The individual within each political subdivision that has coordination responsibility for jurisdictional emergency management.
  44. EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (EMT)
     A health
  45. EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (EOC)
     A pre
  46. EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN
     The plan that each jurisdiction has and maintains for responding to appropriate hazards.
  47. EVENT
     A planned() non
  48. FACILITIES UNIT
     Functional unit within the Support Branch of the Logistics Section that provides fixed facilities for the incident. These facilities may include the Incident Base() feeding areas() sleeping areas() sanitary facilities() etc.
  49. FIELD OPERATIONS GUIDE
     A pocket
  50. FINANCE/ADMINISTRATION SECTION
     The Section responsible for all incident costs and financial considerations. Includes the Time Unit() Procurement Unit() Compensation/Claims Unit() and Cost Unit.
  51. FOOD UNIT
     Functional unit within the Service Branch of the Logistics Section responsible for providing meals for incident personnel.
  52. FUNCTION
     In ICS() function refers to the five major activities in the ICS() i.e.() Command() Operations() Planning() Logistics() and Finance/Administration. The term function is also used when describing the activity involved() e.g.() the planning function.
  53. GENERAL STAFF
     The group of incident management personnel reporting to the Incident Commander. They may each have a deputy() as needed. The General Staff consists of:
  54. Operations Section Chief
  55. Planning Section Chief
  56. Logistics Section Chief
  57. Finance/Administration Section Chief
  58. GENERIC ICS
     Refers to the description of ICS that is generally applicable to any kind of incident or event.
  59. GROUND SUPPORT UNIT
     Functional unit within the Support Branch of the Logistics Section responsible for the fueling() maintaining() and repairing of vehicles() and the transportation of personnel and supplies.
  60. GROUP
     Groups are established to divide the incident into functional areas of operation. Groups are composed of resources assembled to perform a special function not necessarily within a single geographic division. (See Division.) Groups are located between Branches (when activated) and Resources in the Operations Section.
  61. HELIBASE
     The main location for parking() fueling() maintenance() and loading of helicopters operating in support of an incident. It is usually located at or near the incident base.
  62. HELISPOT
     Any designated location where a helicopter can safely take off and land. Some helispots may be used for loading of supplies() equipment() or personnel.
  63. HIERARCHY OF COMMAND
     (See Chain of Command.)
  64. ICS NATIONAL TRAINING CURRICULUM
     A series of 17 training modules consisting of instructor guides() visuals() tests() and student materials. The modules cover all aspects of ICS operations. The modules can be intermixed to meet specific training needs.
  65. INCIDENT
     An occurrence either human caused or by natural phenomena() that requires action by emergency service personnel to prevent or minimize loss of life or damage to property and/or natural resources.
  66. INCIDENT ACTION PLAN
     Contains objectives reflecting the overall incident strategy and specific tactical actions and supporting information for the next operational period. The Plan may be oral or written. When written() the Plan may have a number of forms as attachments (e.g.() traffic plan() safety plan() communications plan() map() etc.).
  67. INCIDENT BASE
     Location at the incident where the primary logistics functions are coordinated and administered. (Incident name or other designator will be added to the term Base.) The Incident Command Post may be collocated with the Base. There is only one Base per incident.
  68. INCIDENT COMMANDER
     The individual responsible for the management of all incident operations at the incident site.
  69. INCIDENT COMMAND POST (ICP)
     The location at which the primary command functions are executed. The ICP may be collocated with the incident base or other incident facilities.
  70. INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM (ICS)
     A standardized on
  71. INCIDENT COMMUNICATIONS CENTER
     The location of the Communications Unit and the Message Center.
  72. INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM
     The Incident Commander and appropriate Command and General Staff personnel assigned to an incident.
  73. INCIDENT OBJECTIVES
     Statements of guidance and direction necessary for the selection of appropriate strategy(s)() and the tactical direction of resources. Incident objectives are based on realistic expectations of what can be accomplished when all allocated resources have been effectively deployed. Incident objectives must be achievable and measurable() yet flexible enough to allow for strategic and tactical alternatives.
  74. INFORMATION OFFICER
     A member of the Command Staff responsible for interfacing with the public and media or with other agencies requiring information directly from the incident. There is only one Information Officer per incident. The Information Officer may have assistants.
  75. INITIAL ACTION
     The actions taken by resources which are the first to arrive at an incident.
  76. INITIAL RESPONSE
     Resources initially committed to an incident.
  77. INCIDENT SUPPORT ORGANIZATION
     Includes any off
  78. JURISDICTION
     The range or sphere of authority. Public agencies have jurisdiction at an incident related to their legal responsibilities and authority for incident mitigation. Jurisdictional authority at an incident can be political/geographical (e.g.() city() county() state() or federal boundary lines) or functional (e.g.() police department() health department() etc.). (See Multijurisdiction.)
  79. JURISDICTIONAL AGENCY
     The agency having jurisdiction and responsibility for a specific geographical area() or a mandated function.
  80. KIND
     Refers to the nature of a resource i.e. Single() Strike Team() etc.
  81. LANDING ZONE
     (See Helispot.)
  82. LEADER
     The ICS title for an individual responsible for a Task Force() Strike Team() or functional unit.
  83. LIAISON OFFICER
     A member of the Command Staff responsible for coordinating with representatives from cooperating and assisting agencies.
  84. LOGISTICS SECTION
     The Section responsible for providing facilities() services() and materials for the incident.
  85. LIFE
    SAFETY
  86. MANAGERS
     Individuals within ICS organizational units that are assigned specific managerial responsibilities() e.g.() Staging Area Manager or Camp Manager.
  87. MANAGEMENT BY OBJECTIVES
     In ICS() this is a top
  88. MEDICAL UNIT
     Functional unit within the Service Branch of the Logistics Section responsible for the development of the Medical Emergency Plan() and for providing emergency medical treatment of incident personnel.
  89. MESSAGE CENTER
     The Message Center is part of the Incident Communications Center and is collocated or placed adjacent to it. It receives() records() and routes information about resources reporting to the incident() resource status() and administrative and tactical traffic.
  90. MOBILIZATION
     The process and procedures used by all organizations federal() state() and local for activating() assembling() and transporting all resources that have been requested to respond to or support an incident.
  91. MOBILIZATION CENTER
     An off
  92. MULTI
    AGENCY INCIDENT
  93. MULTI
    AGENCY COORDINATION (MAC)
  94. MULTI
    AGENCY COORDINATION SYSTEM (MACS)
  95. MULTIJURISDICTION INCIDENT
     An incident requiring action from multiple agencies that have a statutory responsibility for incident mitigation. In ICS these incidents will be managed under Unified Command.
  96. MUTUAL AID AGREEMENT
     Written agreement between agencies and/or jurisdictions in which they agree to assist one another upon request() by furnishing personnel and equipment.
  97. NATIONAL INTERAGENCY INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIIMS)
     An NWCG
  98. NATIONAL WILDFIRE COORDINATING GROUP (NWCG)
     A group formed under the direction of the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to improve the coordination and effectiveness of wildland fire activities() and provide a forum to discuss() recommend appropriate action() or resolve issues and problems of substantive nature. The NWCG has been a primary supporter of ICS development and training.
  99. OFFICER
     The ICS title for the personnel responsible for the Command Staff positions of Safety() Liaison() and Information.
  100. OPERATIONAL PERIOD
     The period of time scheduled for execution of a given set of operation actions as specified in the Incident Action Plan. Operational Periods can be of various lengths() although usually not over 24 hours.
  101. OPERATIONS SECTION
     The Section responsible for all tactical operations at the incident. Includes Branches() Divisions and/or Groups() Task Forces() Strike Teams() Single Resources() and Staging Areas.
  102. OUT
    OF
  103. OVERHEAD PERSONNEL
     Personnel who are assigned to supervisory positions which include Incident Commander() Command Staff() General Staff() Directors() Supervisors() and Unit Leaders.
  104. PLANNING MEETING
     A meeting held as needed throughout the duration of an incident() to select specific strategies and tactics for incident control operations() and for service and support planning. On larger incidents() the planning meeting is a major element in the development of the Incident Action Plan.
  105. PLANNING SECTION
     Responsible for the collection() evaluation() and dissemination of tactical information related to the incident() and for the preparation and documentation of Incident Action Plans. The Section also maintains information on the current and forecasted situation() and on the status of resources assigned to the incident. Includes the Situation() Resource() Documentation() and Demobilization Units() as well as Technical Specialists.
  106. PROCUREMENT UNIT
     Functional unit within the Finance/Administration Section responsible for financial matters involving vendor contracts.
  107. RADIO CACHE
     A supply of radios stored in a pre
  108. RECORDERS
     Individuals within ICS organizational units who are responsible for recording information. Recorders may be found in Planning() Logistics() and Finance/Administration Units.
  109. REINFORCED RESPONSE
     Those resources requested in addition to the initial response.
  110. REPORTING LOCATIONS
     Location or facilities where incoming resources can check
  111. RESOURCES UNIT
     Functional unit within the Planning Section responsible for recording the status of resources committed to the incident. The Unit also evaluates resources currently committed to the incident() the impact that additional responding resources will have on the incident() and anticipated resource needs.
  112. RESOURCES
     Personnel and equipment available() or potentially available() for assignment to incidents. Resources are described by kind and type() e.g.() ground() water() air() etc.() and may be used in tactical support or overhead capacities at an incident.
  113. SAFETY OFFICER
     A member of the Command Staff responsible for monitoring and assessing safety hazards or unsafe situations() and for developing measures for ensuring personnel safety. The Safety Officer may have assistants.
  114. SECTION
     That organization level with responsibility for a major functional area of the incident() e.g.() Operations() Planning() Logistics() Finance/Administration. The Section is organizationally between Branch and Incident Commander.
  115. SECTOR
     Term used in some applications to describe an organizational level similar to an ICS Division or Group. Sector is not a part of ICS terminology.
  116. SEGMENT
     A geographical area in which a task force/strike team leader or supervisor of a single resource is assigned authority and responsibility for the coordination of resources and implementation of planned tactics. A segment may be a portion of a division or an area inside or outside the perimeter of an incident. Segments are identified with Arabic numbers.
  117. SERVICE BRANCH
     A Branch within the Logistics Section responsible for service activities at the incident. Includes the Communications() Medical() and Food Units.
  118. SINGLE RESOURCE
     An individual() a piece of equipment and its personnel complement() or a crew or team of individuals with an identified work supervisor that can be used on an incident.
  119. SITUATION UNIT
     Functional unit within the Planning Section responsible for the collection() organization() and analysis of incident status information() and for analysis of the situation as it progresses. Reports to the Planning Section Chief.
  120. SPAN OF CONTROL
     The supervisory ratio of from three
  121. STAGING AREA
     Staging Areas are locations set up at an incident where resources can be placed while awaiting a tactical assignment. Staging Areas are managed by the Operations Section.
  122. STRATEGY
     The general plan or direction selected to accomplish incident objectives.
  123. STRIKE TEAM
     Specified combinations of the same kind and type of resources() with common communications and a leader.
  124. SUPERVISOR
     The ICS title for individuals responsible for command of a Division or Group.
  125. SUPPLY UNIT
     Functional unit within the Support Branch of the Logistics Section responsible for ordering equipment and supplies required for incident operations.
  126. SUPPORT BRANCH
     A Branch within the Logistics Section responsible for providing personnel() equipment() and supplies to support incident operations. Includes the Supply() Facilities() and Ground Support Units.
  127. SUPPORTING MATERIALS
     Refers to the several attachments that may be included with an Incident Action Plan() e.g.() communications plan() map() safety plan() traffic plan() and medical plan.
  128. SUPPORT RESOURCES
     Non
  129. TACTICAL DIRECTION
     Direction given by the Operations Section Chief which includes the tactics appropriate for the selected strategy() the selection and assignment of resources() tactics implementation() and performance monitoring for each operational period.
  130. TASK FORCE
     A combination of single resources assembled for a particular tactical need() with common communications and a leader.
  131. TEAM
     (See Single Resource.)
  132. TECHNICAL SPECIALISTS
     Personnel with special skills that can be used anywhere within the ICS organization.
  133. TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS (TFR)
     Temporary airspace restrictions for non
  134. TIME UNIT
     Functional unit within the Finance/Administration Section responsible for recording time for incident personnel and hired equipment.
  135. TYPE
     Refers to resource capability. A Type 1 resource provides a greater overall capability due to power() size() capacity() etc.() than would be found in a Type 2 resource. Resource typing provides managers with additional information in selecting the best resource for the task.
  136. UNIFIED AREA COMMAND
     A Unified Area Command is established when incidents under an Area Command are multijurisdictional. (See Area Command and Unified Command.)
  137. UNIFIED COMMAND
     In ICS() Unified Command is a unified team effort which allows all agencies with responsibility for the incident() either geographical or functional() to manage an incident by establishing a common set of incident objectives and strategies. This is accomplished without losing or abdicating agency authority() responsibility() or accountability.
  138. UNIT
     The organizational element having functional responsibility for a specific incident planning() logistics() or finance/administration activity.
  139. UNITY OF COMMAND
    The concept by which each person within an organization reports to one and only one designated person.

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